Thorp Arch is a village of around 350 houses situated on the north bank of the river Wharfe in West Yorkshire. It is two miles east and downstream from Wetherby, a market town well known for being on the 'Great North Road' at the halfway point between London and Edinburgh.
The old village has about 150 stone dwellings and a large green where the access road from the river bridge reaches the top of the river cutting. From there the main village street - 'The Village' - runs north past the Pax pub. The village cricket pitch is behind the pub, but now completely surrounded by the 1960s housing development of Thorp Arch Park. The village school, Lady Elizabeth Hastings, lies at the north end of The Village.
Within the parish, but about a mile north east of the old village, are 200 further dwellings, mostly in the new developments of Walton Chase and Woodland Drive, on the road to Walton. These are adjacent to the Leeds United football academy and what used to be Thorp Arch Grange school, now offices. Wealstun prison with its former prison housing is nearby. 26 new houses are currently being built on the site of the former prison social club. These are expected to be completed by April 2021.